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K. Edmonds

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (143 of 160)
Location: UK
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,636,193 - Total Helpful Votes: 143 of 160
The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The storyline for this book is simple and this is part of the enchantment; it follows the lives of those who have died and find themselves in a city that is not heaven, but somewhere in between. As we, the reader, contemplate why they are there and what purpose the city fulfills, we follow the story of Laura who is left stranded in the Antartic, and her battle to survive.

The people of the city have various ideas as to why they are there, with the common belief being that they only stay in the city as long as someone on earth remembers them.

But as Laura struggles to stay alive, the city experiences a large insurgance of new people, at the same time as losing thousands… Read more
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Based on a special school hidden away somewhere from the rest of the world, set in a a Britain of the possible future, this tells the story of three friends whose sole purpose in life it to provide organs for those who need it.

Always vague and with finite answers ever allusive, Never Let Me Go has a fantastic premise. Details are gradually given away and you can piece together the story as you read. However, the characters are kept very basic and the story takes a long while to evolve - even though it is quite a short book, it feels a lot longer.

It wasn't nearly as powerful as i had expected and didn't go as deep into the issues of breeding clones as it could have… Read more
Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters
Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters
57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
If you pick up this book and read the many, many comments and rave reviews, you'll see that this book is a must read this year.

This is the story of Stuart, a chronic homeless man who from an early age has sniffed glue, done heroin, abused booze, been abused, been to prison... you name it and it probably has happened to him. It is almost as much a story about the author as it is about Stuart, detailing their relationship and the troubles Alexander Masters has putting Stuarts life down on paper.

And that is what makes this book worth a read - there are no clear answers, no solutions and no holds barred, just like in life itself. Stuart himself asked Alexander to write… Read more